Tarrant County College’s new Diagnostic Medical Sonography program has been named one of the 63 most affordable, fully accredited sonography associate degree programs in the U.S., according to HealthGrad.com.
Underscoring the College’s commitment to being student ready, this two-year program is offered at TCC Trinity River Campus East, home to multiple real-world experiences through its simulation hospital and other cutting-edge technology, and is located near Fort Worth’s medical district.
TCC launched the Diagnostic Medical Sonography in 2017 and will graduate its first class on May 11. The estimated cost to complete this program, which is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), is $4,160 for Texas residents–$11,388 less than the state average for sonography associate degree programs. Graduates of the program will earn an Associate of Applied Science in Diagnostic Medical Sonography.
Digital Medical Sonography is a branch of radiology. Sonography equipment directs non-ionizing, high-frequency soundwaves into areas of a patient’s body to collect reflected echoes that form an image. A physician interprets the image to diagnose a variety of diseases and conditions. Working under the supervision of physicians, diagnostic medical sonographers gather, review and integrate patient histories and data; record anatomic, physiologic and pathologic data; process sonographic data; and maintain and operate sonography equipment.
The average salary for sonographers in Texas is $72,154 and employment of diagnostic medical sonographers is projected to grow 23 percent from 2016 to 2026, must faster than the average for all occupations, scoring to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
For more information about TCC’s new Diagnostic Medical Sonography program, visit tccd.edu.